CFP: Journal of Class & Culture special edition: Class and Contemporary UK Film and Television.

deadline for submissions: 
March 17, 2023
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Journal of Class & Culture

CFP: Journal of Class & Culture special edition: Class and Contemporary UK Film and Television.

The Journal of Class & Culture is a peer-reviewed journal bringing a cultural dimension to the analysis of class, and a class optic to the understanding of culture. This special edition follows on from a conference in July and focusses on class and contemporary UK film and television. Papers are invited that explore the intersection of capital, contemporary UK film and tv, and class-orientated research within contexts of production, formal qualities, and consumption.

Contemporary film and TV in the UK appear to offer at least three interrelated problems for the lower socio-economic classes. There is imbalance, exploitation, and precarity in the industry; perennial problems around representation; and the inculcation of neoliberal ideology antithetical to social justice and equality. How might contemporary UK film/TV contribute to economic inequality, precarity, power and structural imbalance, or foster divide and rule, reconciling audiences to neoliberal competition within myths of meritocracy? How might UK film/TV negotiate, consolidate, challenge, or reflect the neoliberal moment regarding social class and economic injustice? How might UK film/TV navigate, caricature, essentialise, contain and regulate class, or otherwise problematise, provide critique and nuance, and a progressive vision?

Topics might include, but not be limited to: Representations, receptions, and theorisations of class in contemporary UK film/TV. The mediatory role of UK film/TV in notions of taste, the maintenance of distinction, mobility, class consciousness, economic capital, cultural capital, and social capital. The relevance of class in film and TV studies, textual and genre analysis, production history, and the analysis of ideology/hegemony. ‘The class ceiling’ and precarious practices in the screen industries. Genres: ‘Poverty/Property porn’, the ‘Hoodie film’, Manor House nostalgia, etc. Necessary intersections with race, gender, religion, disability, ecology, neurodiversity, region, national identity, and so on. Problematic masculinity and myths of authenticity. The entrepreneurial nature, self-management, and consumerism of the neoliberal subject in programs such as The Apprentice, reality TV, and ‘improvement/transformation’ shows. Neoliberal (or post-neoliberal - Neo-illiberalism, New Authoritarianism, Surveillance Capitalism, and so forth) reconfigurations of time/space/control. Documenting and dividing class (the now notorious ‘Benefits Street’ and its ilk), and ‘newsworthy’ class. The work of pertinent professionals, actors, or directors such as Andrea Arnold, Jimmy McGovern, Shane Meadows, Ken Loach, Steve McQueen and others.

The journal recognizes that culture is inextricably tied into state apparatuses and power structures and the dynamics of capitalism. It recognizes that class is a contested concept, formulated and understood in different ways, but it insists that such debates are worth having because class relations urgently need to be understood, critiqued and changed.

For further details on the journal, and submission guidelines see:

Deadline for submission: 17th March 2023. Expected publication October 2023

Any queries please contact the special issue editors Deirdre O'Neill [] and Jon Baldwin []